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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - Senator Vardon, is. no doubt, anxious to give to those who feel that they will be handicapped by certain alterations which are proposed, particularly in connexion with a later item. As regards the weight of the boards the Government cannot accept his suggestion, because, although this is a Bill for the rectification of anomalies, we believe that the request would multiply them. I understand that the recognised weight of boards is 80 lbs. .per ream of 480 sheets.

Senator Vardon - No; that is only the weight which the Department put down. It is not recognised anywhere else.

Senator FINDLEY - The honorable senator exhibited a sample of board which, according to his own statement, weighs 79 lbs. per ream of 480 sheets,- and that certainly is very near to 80 lbs. We cannot under any circumstances accept the request,- because we believe that it would multiply the difficulties which at present confront the Department in the administration of the Tariff.

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